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Vale BLM setting up remote fire camp to tackle growing list of wildfires

The Enterprise

VALE – Fire crews faced another string of lightning-caused fires west of Lake Owyhee Saturday evening, and a new fire base was expected to be established Sunday at Twin Springs Campground.

The Vale district of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said the incident command post being established at the campground, about 35 miles southwest of Vale, would take control of two of the largest fires – Dry Creek Buttes and the Oxbow.

Dry Creek Buttes was burning on the rim country above Owyhee Lake about 20 miles south of Owyhee Dam. That fire posed a threat to Camp Hycliff, a camp operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. No information was immediately available on whether the camp was being used.

By Saturday night, the Dry Creek Buttes fired had burned over 2,000 acres.

The Oxbow Fire was burning on the rim above . . .